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High school girls: Sign up for the online cybersecurity challenge!
High school girls: Sign up for the online cybersecurity challenge!
Iowa Department of Education
Friday, March 22, 2019

Wednesday, March 20, 2019

Registration is now open for Girls Go CyberStart, a fun interactive series of digital challenges designed to introduce students to the field of cybersecurity. The competition is open to all female students in grades 9 through 12, regardless of their prior knowledge or experience with cybersecurity and information technology.

Students playing alone or in teams just need a computer and internet access to participate, advance and compete for prizes. Last year, Iowa had three Girls Go CyberStart teams place in the top three percent of 2,600 participating teams in 15 states. This year, at least 10 high school girls in Iowa will receive $500 scholarships for college expenses. In addition, the three high schools in Iowa with the most participants will win awards of $1,000, $750 and $500 respectively.

To be eligible to participate, students must: Identify as female Be at least 13 years old on Feb. 18 Be enrolled in 9-12th grades at a public or private high school (or the homeschool equivalent)

For more information, visit To see the types of challenges the student will face in the games, please visit

Read Governor Kim Reynolds’ press release about the event.